Waiting for the End of the World: Eschatology and Art 1850-2000

A Symposium of the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (ASCHA)





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ASCHA is pleased to announce the publication of:


ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art

James Romaine and Linda Stratford, editors

Published by Cascade Books

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Drawing from papers presented at ASCHA symposiums in Paris, New York, and Philadelphia, ReVisioning explores the application of various methodologies of art history to the study of the history of Christianity and the visual arts.


Table of Contents:

“Expanding the Discourse on Christianity in the History of Art”

      by James Romaine

“Methodological Issues from the Fields of Art History, Visual Culture, and Theology”

      by Linda Stratford

“Iconographic Literacy: Recognizing the Resurrected Jesus in the Vatican Jonah Sarcophagus”

      by Linda Møskeland Fuchs

“Icon as Theology: The Byzantine Virgin of Predestination

      by Matthew J. Milliner

“Marginalia or Eschatological Iconography?: Providence and Plenitude in the Imagery of Abundance at Orvieto Cathedral”

      by Rachel Hostetter Smith

“Iconography of Sign: A Semiotic Reading of the Arma Christi”

      by Heather Madar

“Hybridizing Iconography: The Miraculous Mass of St. Gregory Featherwork from the Colegio de San Jose de los Naturales in Mexico City”

      by Elena FitzPatrick Sifford

“Reading Hermeneutic Space: Pictorial and Spiritual Transformation in the Brancacci Chapel”

      by Chloë Reddaway

“Reading Theological Place: Joachim Patinir's Penitence of St. Jerome as Devotional Pilgrimage”

      by Matthew S. Vanderpoel

“Reading Theological Context: A Marian Interpretation of Michelangelo’s Roman Pietà”

      by Elizabeth Lev

“Reading Visual Rhetoric: Strategies of Piety and Propaganda in Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Passional Christi und Antichristi”

      by Bobbi Dykema

“Reading Devotion: Counter Reformation Iconography and Meaning in Gregorio Fernandez’s Cristo yacente of El Pardo”

      by Ilenia Colón Mendoza

“Historicism and Scenes of “The Passion” in Nineteenth Century French Romantic Painting”

      by Joyce C. Polistena

“Consuming Christ: Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Biblical Paintings and Nineteenth Century American Commerce”

      by Kristin A. Schwain

“Figuring Redemption: Christianity and Modernity in Max Beckmann’s Resurrections”

      by Amy K. Hamlin

“Embodiment as Sacrament: Francis Bacon’s Postwar Horror”

      by Rina Arya

“Media, Mimesis, and Sacrifice: Paul Pfeiffer’s Contemporary Christological Lens”

      by Isabelle Loring Wallace



ASCHA is also pleased to announce the publication of:


“Christianity and Latin American Art”

Religion and the Arts

Co-edited by Rachel Hostetter Smith and Ronald R. Bernier


This special double-issue of Religion and the Arts, featuring more than a dozen scholarly essays on the multiple intersections between art and Christianity in Latin America, resulted from a one-day ASCHA-sponsored symposium, “Christianity and Latin American Art: Apprehension, Appropriation, Assimilation,” held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, CA, in February 2012.  The ASCHA symposium was organized by Smith and Bernier and sought out scholars whose current research investigates the varied and dynamic art of Latin America and the rich spiritual traditions of Christianity in Latin American identity, probing the widely varied attitudes, influences, and applications of that heritage. They explore religious themes, narratives, iconographies, and sensibilities in Latin American visual culture in a variety of media and from a range of historical periods and regions of Latin America.  Collectively the essays reveal the interconnectivity of faith, race, ethnicity, and history, as well as the various methodological challenges that these works of art – and their artists – pose in the history of art.




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